Each year from August 1st to the 7th, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated all over the globe. The purpose of this week is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. August 2017 marks World Breastfeeding Week’s 25th year and this year is all about ‘working together for the common good.’

The theme for this year’s program is ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’. And in coming together the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is partnering with organizations around the globe. These organizations include United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), La Leche League (LLLI), The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), Wellstart International, the Global Goals, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). In joining together, these organizations are promoting the role that breastfeeding plays in our well-being across the globe. 

In 2016, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action linked each of the goals for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with breastfeeding. However, in order to achieve lasting development, partnership at all levels in needed in order to “work together for the common good!” 

So, during this year’s World Breast Feeding Week they will call on advocates and activists, decision-makers and celebrants to create new partnerships. By working together, they hope to bring about political support, media attention, participation from people of all ages (including young people), and to build their supporters. Then we can bring about the change and commitment to achieving the SDGs by 2030. 

 For more information on this year’s World Breast Feeding Week, the SDGs, how they are coming together for the common good and how you can support or get involved visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org  

By Meagan O’Hanlon

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